Google has expanded the service to the city to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, the company announced Monday. It marks the first time a city in an Arab country will be added to the feature.
“Dubai is home to the world’s tallest tower, largest mall and the planet’s only seven-star hotel,” Mohamad Mourad, Google’s regional director for North Africa and the Middle East, wrote in a blog post. “Starting today, it can add virtual visitors to that list, as Dubai becomes the first city in an Arab country to be added to Street View in Google Maps.”
Google tells us it began mapping the city earlier this year, but took a break in the summer to avoid the city’s infamous haze and ensure clear photos.
It’s not the first time Street View has been used anywhere in the country, however. Gogole previously mapped out parts of the Liwa Desert in the Emirates — by placing its Trekker camera on camels.